Turning Down The Volume

June 12, 2022

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For as long as I can remember, I have always been an overthinking person. Imagination occupied my life, from visualising new design ideas to creating fake conversations in my head. I’ve always thought of it as “the way it is” because I’ve never been able to find the button at the back of the TV to turn off the noise.

But recently, I’ve thought that perhaps now is the time to turn off the noise, or rather, turn down the volume so I can pay attention to the world around me more deeply.

My mind has turned into a form of escapism, one that creates unnecessary emotions and thinks too deeply into the future when really, all that is needed is what is happening right now. It’s also quite a dangerous creature when I’m not able to control it: I make unwise decisions, self-sabotage and ruin my routine.

Causes of my overthinking

  • I’ve always wanted to fix issues. Sometimes I think about trying to solve problems out of my control.
  • The unintentional mind seems to want to occupy as long as possible. It feels like a constant tug of war.
  • When I do get into an intentional mind flow, I always end up slipping back into the rabbit hole and struggling to find a way out.

Ways I’ve been trying to turn down the volume (some I need to start doing again)

  • 🙏🏼 Meditation: Putting aside some time to be silent and focus on my body helps me put myself at ease. I’ve been meditating every day for at least 5 minutes since February 2021 🏅 and it’s really worked wonders to make me feel calmer.

  • 😴 Sleeping early: Sleeping early is like a little message to myself that I need to be more intentional the next day, and most of the time, it works really well in achieving calm and discipline.

  • 🧠 Getting away from endless content consumption, especially in the morning: My mind feels less fatigued when I don’t put headphones on and scroll through TikToks in the morning. Fatigue ruins my day and sometimes, puts me into a mindless state.

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